Bunye: The road to cityhood (Conclusion)

(On March 1, 2022, Muntinlupa Metropolis marked its twenty seventh anniversary as a metropolis. On this 3-part article, the creator, who served as Muntinlupa mayor from 1986 to 1998, retraces Muntinlupa’s journey from being a fifth class municipality to turning into a extremely urbanized and progressive metropolis.)

THE means of making use of for cityhood began with the passage of a decision by the municipal council, accompanied by the treasurer’s certification to Congress that Muntinlupa possessed the minimal qualification as to yearly revenue. A second certification from the Statistics Workplace, that the Muntinlupa had a inhabitants of at the very least 150,000, was additionally wanted. The decision was instantly offered by the municipal council which was then headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi.

I mistakenly thought that with all some great benefits of cityhood, the concept can be universally accepted in Muntinlupa. True to type, nonetheless, the native political opposition vehemently opposed cityhood. They claimed that cityhood was only a ploy to permit me to run as metropolis mayor after 1998, when my third time period as municipal mayor would have ended.

Additionally, they falsely claimed that cityhood would outcome within the speedy improve in realty and enterprise taxes. They intentionally omitted the truth that within the proposed constitution itself, there would a moratorium within the improve of any native taxes for a interval of 5 years. This identical group campaigned actively towards cityhood through the plebiscite which was held concurrently with the 1995 elections. Luckily, Muntinlupa voted overwhelmingly to ratify cityhood.

The proposed cityhood of Muntinlupa was actively supported within the Home of Representatives by Congressman Ciriaco Alfelor (Catanduanes), chair of the native authorities committee, and Elias Lopez (Davao Metropolis) and Ceferino Padua (Agusan del Sur), members. Senator Raul Roco filed the counterpart invoice within the Senate. Senator Tito Sotto, who chaired the Senate committee on native authorities, delivered the sponsorship speech.

To provide credit score the place credit score is due, Majority Flooring Chief Raul Corro, who was then my municipal lawyer, quarterbacked the entire course of from begin to end, from the solicitation of legislative sponsors to getting ready the groundwork for the holding of congressional public hearings in Muntinlupa. He additionally participated actively within the public info marketing campaign main to the plebiscite which accredited cityhood. If I’m thought to be the daddy of the cityhood of Muntinlupa, I can affirm that Majority Flooring Chief Raul Corro was its chief architect.

The approval of the Home model of the cityhood invoice went with none hitch. However the closing continuing on the Senate was intense with drama and suspense. The cityhood invoice was calendared for third studying on the final day of the session earlier than Congress adjourned. It was now or by no means.

I, then Vice Mayor Jimmy Fresnedi, majority of the council and division heads attended. We got here sporting our greatest barong and Filipiniana apparel, and stayed within the Senate gallery for so long as it took so as to show to the senators the city’s full and unqualified assist for cityhood.

Earlier within the day, a senator informed me: “Your cityhood is as good as dead!” I assumed he was simply kidding. In any case, he was my senior Aquila Legis fraternity brod on the Ateneo Regulation College. What we initially thought to be a joke grew to become an precise menace. Our group was made to watch for hours and hours. We had been there within the gallery as early as 10 a.m. For nearly 14 hours, we by no means left the gallery, besides after we took turns to eat our lunch and later our dinner.

At quarter-hour to midnight, my fraternity brod approached me once more. He stated: “Brod, you can still save your cityhood. That is, if you will agree that Muntinlupa’s representation in Congress will take effect in 1998 and not in 1995, as provided in the bill.”

I had to make a fast resolution. After consulting with Vice Mayor Fresnedi and the councilors current, I agreed to the proposal. At two minutes earlier than midnight, a movement to approve Muntinlupa’s cityhood was made and unanimously accredited. When Senator Tito Sotto banged the gavel to announce the approval of our constitution, I felt like Michael Jordan beating the ultimate buzzer en route to successful his sixth NBA championship.

President Fidel Ramos, Muntinlupa’s Favourite Adopted Son, signed the invoice into regulation on March 1, 1995. He was not conscious, nonetheless, of the drama that occurred on the Senate ground.

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